WASHINGTON (AP) – The latest race to the Senate in the 2020 election (all times locally):
Republican Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas won re-election in a race that would allow him to base a potential bid for the White House in 2024.
The 43-year-old Cotton easily defeated Liberal candidate Ricky Dale Harrington, a former prison chaplain who never ran. The sole Democrat against Cotton gave up a few hours after the filing deadline last year.
With millions of campaign cash to spend, Cotton has run ads in presidential battlefield states like Ohio and Michigan, while lobbying with its Senate GOP peers at stake. He insisted the moves were meant to help President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans, not any of his future plans.
THIS IS WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SENATE 2020 BENEFITS:
Control of the Senate is a near razor proposition in the election as Republicans fight to retain a majority against Democratic candidates who are challenging President Donald Trump̵7;s allies on Extensive political map.
– The majority results in the Senate It may take weeks or more
– Trump, Biden gave the stage to voters about Election Day ruling
THIS IS WHAT ELSE IS GOING ABOUT:
Republican Bill Hagerty won an open Senate seat in Tennessee, replacing the retired Republican Senator Lamar Alexander.
Hagerty served as the US ambassador to Japan under President Donald Trump, and he supported the president’s victory over Democrat Marquita Bradshaw.
Republicans have held both Senate seats in Tennessee since 1994, and Trump remains popular enough in the state where Hagerty mentions the president at all times, both during the primary and general election campaigns.
Hagerty is a Nashville businessman who sits on the board of a private investment firm. He served as an economic development commissioner for former Republican Governor Bill Haslam.
Delaware Democratic Sen. Chris Coons beat Republican challenger Lauren Witzke to win re-election.
The victory comes a decade after the Coons won a special election to fill the Senate seat once held by Democrat Joe Biden. Since then, the Coons have voted firmly with Democrats while also looking to work across the aisle.
Witzke was a conservative activist and a political novice who defeated the approved Delaware GOP candidate in the Republican primary election. The Republican Party defended the neo-fascist Proud Boys, and had previously promoted the QAnon far-right, baseless conspiracy theory.
Illinois Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin was re-elected for a fifth term, winning easily against four lesser known opponents.
75-year-old Durbin is the second highest-ranking Democrat in the Senate. He was first elected in 1996 and has been a Democrat since 2005.
Candidates competing to replace him in the only Illinois statewide race include former Republican Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran and Chicago businessman Willie Wilson, who ran under the political party. your.
Democratic Sen. Edward Markey, a Massachusetts permanent member of Congress since the mid-1970s, won re-election.
Markey easily defeated Republican challenger Kevin O’Connor to win the championship for a third term. Markey, 74, has represented Washington state for decades – first in the House of Representatives, beginning in 1976, before winning John Kerry’s former seat in the Senate in 2013. After completing his duties period of Kerry, Markey was re-elected in 2014.
Markey’s bigger test came earlier this year, when he passed the tough first from his Democratic counterpart Joe Kennedy III, nephew of Robert F. Kennedy and a member of the congressional delegation. Massachusetts.
New Hampshire Democratic Party member Jeanne Shaheen won a third term in the Senate, defeating Corky Messner of the Republican Party and Justin O’Donnell of the Liberal Party.
The former governor has pushed his cross-partisan track record to help small businesses during the coronavirus pandemic, secure funding to resolve the opioid crisis and improve access to healthcare. veterans.
Messner, a veteran and attorney of the Army, argued that the state would be better served by a political outsider.
Shaheen was the first woman elected as governor of New Hampshire.
Cory Booker of the New Jersey Democratic Party won full power for a second term in the Senate.
Booker beat Republican Rik Mehta, a business executive with a law degree and a doctorate in pharmacy.
Booker ran an unsuccessful preliminary campaign for the presidency this year. While losing his nomination to former Vice President Joe Biden, Booker gained the support of the Democrats in the state, earning the endorsement of Governor Phil Murphy.
His victory consolidated New Jersey as a Democratic stronghold. The last Republican party elected to the Senate was Clifford Case in 1972.
Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Inhofe defeated Democrat Abby Broyles and three lesser-known candidates to secure another six-year term.
This 85-year-old Inhofe has been with Oklahoma politics for 50 years, serving in the House of Representatives, the State Senate, as mayor of Tulsa and the US House of Representatives before being elected to the US Senate. year 1994.
Inhofe promoted his friendly relationship with President Donald Trump and his seniority on key Senate committees as reasons for his decision to seek another term.
He painted Broyles, a 31-year-old Oklahoma City attorney and former television reporter, in too-liberal campaign ads for Oklahoma.
Rhode Island Democrat Jack Reed easily defeated Republican challenger Allen Waters for a fifth Senate term.
Reed overcame Waters, an investment advisor, who had previously held unsuccessful campaigns for the State Senate and the US Senate in Massachusetts.
Reed, 70, was first elected to the Senate in 1996. He is an attorney and veteran who has served three terms in the House of Representatives. He is a high-ranking member of the Seizure Committee and a top Democrat on the Armed Services Committee.
Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell won his seventh term in Kentucky.
The 78-year-old McConnell defeated Democrat Amy McGrath, a retired Marine Corps fighter pilot who challenged him as a political outsider. McConnell is the longest serving Republican leader in Senate history.
As President Donald Trump’s top ally on Capitol Hill, McConnell spearheaded efforts to defend the president during his acquittal in the Senate. He also worked with Trump on a tax overhaul and arranged Senate confirmation of more than 200 judicial appointments, including Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.
McGrath also lost the race for the House of Representatives in 2018.
The other seven senators won re-election and Republican Bill Hagerty won an open seat in Tennessee.
The Democratic incumbents that won were Chris Coons of Delaware, Dick Durbin of Illinois, Ed Markey of Massachusetts, Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, Cory Booker of New Jersey and Jack Reed of Rhode Island. On the GOP side, Oklahoma’s James Inhofe also won re-election.
In Tennessee, businessman Hagerty beat Democrat Marquita Bradshaw in the race for the seat of retired Republican member Lamar Alexander.
Shelley Moore Capito became the first West Virginia Republican to be re-elected to the Senate in more than a century.
Capito defeated Progressive Democrat Paula Jean Swearengin, the daughter of a coal miner inexperienced in politics across the state.
Capito campaigned on her Senate filing for securing federal money for opioid-related treatment in a state that has so far led the nation in drug use mortality. . She also said efforts to improve the economy, expand broadband internet access, build better roads and help people and small businesses during the coronavirus pandemic.
Republicans gained a lot when Capito won the 2014 Senate race, taking all of the state House of Representatives seats for the first time since 1921.
Democratic Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia was elected for a third term.
Warner beat Republican challenger Daniel Gade in a pivotal race in which the incumbent had a huge cash advantage. The Democrats have not lost the statewide elections in Virginia since 2009.
Warner is an entrepreneur, co-founder of the company that became Nextel, and he served as governor from 2002 to 2006. He was a top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Gade is a professor at the American University in Washington. While in the army, he was seriously injured in Iraq in 2005, losing one leg after his Humvee was hit by a roadside bomb.
Ensuring a majority in the Senate will be important for any candidate to win the White House.
Senators confirm the administration’s nominations, including to the Cabinet, and could advance or stall the White House agenda.
With Republicans currently in control of the conference room, 53-47, three or four seats will determine the party’s control, up to the presidential winner because the vice president can break the tie.
Republicans are fighting to hold their thin majority ahead of Democratic candidates, who are challenging President Donald Trump’s allies on the broad political map.
Both parties see a path to victory, but the outcome may not be known in advance on election night.
From New England to the Deep South and from the Midwest to Mountain West, Republican incumbents are defending seats in states once seen as a big blow to Democrats.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky is up against Democrat Amy McGrath, a former fighter pilot.
Find complete AP election information at APNews.com/Election2020